The Caribe Hilton's
Casino, one of the most elegant and prestigious in the Caribbean, is located
in Puerto Rico on San Juan's most picturesque private beach. The hotel is
surrounded by 18 acres of lush tropical park.
Owned by the
government of Puerto Rico and operated by Hilton International, the Casino
is part of an expansive Caribe Hilton International resort complex, which
features a variety of athletic and convention facilities in addition to
restaurants, bars and discotheque. The Caribe Hilton, situated adjacent to
historic Fort San Jeronimo, has generated a boom in Puerto Rico's tourist
Since its opening
in December of 1949, a year after gambling was legalized in Puerto
Rico, the hotel-casino has enjoyed continued success. Conceived by Teodoro
Moscoso, at the time head of the government agency with the responsibility
for the economic development of Puerto Rico (Administration de Formento
Economico), the idea of a first-class luxury hotel and gambling operation on
the island was greeted with skepticism by a majority of Puerto Rico's
businessmen. Many of them labeled the hotel-casino project a white elephant.
However, the project attracted so much interest right
from the outset that the skeptic were quickly proved wrong in their
The casino's subtle decor provides a tasteful and
very pleasing atmosphere. It features in its foyer a magnificent handmade
chandelier of delicate Italian crystal which sets the tone for the
beautiful gaming room. Another distinguishing and very practical feature is
the casino's unique computerized operation, which was designed by its
director Diego Sorroche.
Located on the mezzanine floor of the 707-room
luxury hotel, the casino was enlarged to twice its original capacity in
1975. This fashionable establishment is set amidst some of the Caribbean's
most splendid scenery.
In addition to blackjack tables, crap tables and
roulette wheels, the casino now includes a number of "traga monedas"
or slot machines. A weekly clinic is offered by the Caribe Hilton to
familiarize novices with house rules.
The casino is the key attraction in Puerto Rico's
largest and most sophisticated resort facility. The solid sterling silver
gaming coin of the Caribe Hilton's Casino has a face value of $25 and shows
a group playing roulette.